Posts Tagged ‘Leadership’

The Path Lies Within…

February 14, 2011

The path lies within……..

If eternal Bliss is destination, then the path lies within. You need to surrender to your inner self to conquer the world

You cannot seek an acquaintance with the world when your inner self is a stranger to you.

Peace of mind is something everyone aspires for, and yet nobody seems to know when, where, and how to get it. Over a period of time, term “peace of mind” has undergone a transformation from a qualitative entity to a quantitative entity. People now a days speak in terms of “some peace of mind” to describe their aspiration or achievement. It can no longer be equated with the total tranquility of mind and the body. Peace of mind or lack of it can be the result of conquest over or conflict with self.

“In the final analysis, the hope of every person is simply peace of mind.”

Please read the complete article HERE

Body tattoos are exhibit, Mind tattoos are they inhibits ????

May 8, 2009

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Few more University degrees than others does this make you a better educated person than others?
Humility born out of knowledge is divine,
Confidence born out of knowledge is good welcome and acceptable.
Arrogance born out of knowledge is Ignorance magnified.
Ignorance is trait born out of captive mind set.
Kupastha Mandukam are we one?? (Frog in well)
As Intellectuals, well we are not expected to be one.

Mind tattoos, the responsible factors for captive mind set
People are led by the captive mindsets which lead to inhibition and inaction
Mind tattoos, the responsible factors for captive mind set
“Dr Norman Vincent Peale the famous author was walking by a tattoo shop when a confused looking young man came out of the shop with a tattoo in his right arm that read “Born to Lose”. Dr Peale asked the tattoo artist about it and the tattoo artist replied…. “ I did ask the young man if he was sure that he wanted to state “Born to lose” in his arm and the young man was pretty stubborn in that. A surprised Dr Peale asked the tattoo artist – “Is’nt that surprising?” For which the artiste replied “Not really! Much before he tattooed it on his arm, he has firmly tattooed it in his brain, and his body tattoo act is just a reflection of his mind tattoo”.””

But what we tattoo on any part of the body for others to see is not as important as what we tattoo in our minds…. And positive, successful, energetic mind tattoos are a must to attain success…
So, it should be our conscious and subconscious endeavor to keep tattooing our mind with thoughts that are ONLY about winning, what we want be, want to reach, want to achieve, that perfect day as desired, ALL THAT IS SOUGHT BY US FOR A GREAT LIFE.
A few degrees less or more doesn’t decide whether you are intelligent, Creative leader

Creative people are full of curiosity.

Creative people are wonderstruck. They are tickled by the newness of every moment. They have lots of questions. They keep asking what, why, when, where and how.
A questioning mind is an open mind. It is not a knowing mind. Only an open mind can be creative. A knowing mind can never be creative.
A questioning stance sensitizes the mind in a very special way and it is able to sense what would have been missed otherwise.

Problems & the blame game
When there is a problem, some people can be seen wringing up their hands. Their first reaction is to look for someone to blame. Being faced with a problem becomes a problem. Such people can be called problem-averse.
Intelligent people, on the other hand, are problem-friendly. They just roll up their sleeves when faced with a problem. They see problems as opportunities to improve the quality of life. Being faced with a problem is never a problem.

Value ideas and suggestions from the colleagues

Creative people realize the value of an idea. They do not take any chance with something so important. They spot an opportunity in the ideas suggested by their colleagues.

Delegate and define responsibility to make them accountable & responsible.

Delegate and clearly define responsibilities to each member of the team. Allow them controlled discretion & inculcate a sense of responsibility & accountability in them. A responsible and winning team can only make you a winning leader.

Visible enthusiasm for achieving set goals

Effective leaders are enthusiastic about their goals. This enthusiasm works as fuel for their journey, propelling them to their goals. This is also extremely contagious and spreads fast in the team.

Perennially dissatisfied.

Leaders are acutely aware of their dissatisfactions and unfulfilled desires. However, this awareness does not frustrate them. Their frustration never reflects in their behavior with colleagues. As a matter of fact, they use this awareness as a stimulus to realize their dreams.

Be an optimist, regardless of adversities & constraints.

Creative people generally have a deeply held belief that most, if not all, problems can be solved. No challenge is too big to be overcome.
This doesn’t mean they are always happy and never depressed. They do have their bad moments but they don’t generally get stumped by a challenge.

Creative people make positive Judgment.

A new idea is delicate. It can be killed by a sneer or a yawn. It can be stabbed to death by a quip and worried to death by a right man’s brow – a businessman Charles Brower

The ability to hold off on judging or critiquing an idea is important in the process of creativity. Often great ideas start as crazy ones – if critique is applied too early the idea will be killed and never developed into something useful and useable.

This doesn’t mean there is no room for critique or judgment in the creative process but there is a time and place for it and creative people recognize that.

Academics excellence should not bring about arrogance of Endemic proportions

Your having more knowledge than your colleagues is the most natural thing and that should not make the other person less of a human being. If that knowledge gives you a sense of arrogance and self righteousness, You are endemic diseased get yourself cured immediately. Your superior knowledge should be used to help build ladders out of ignorance for lesser qualified colleagues & students.

Great people are good at reframing any situation.

Reframes are a different way of looking at things. Being able to reframe experiences and situations is a very powerful skill.
Reframing allows you to look at a situation from a different angle. It is like another camera angle in a cricket match. And a different view has the power to change your entire perception of the situation.
Reframing can breathe new life into dead situations. It can motivate demoralized teams. It helps you to spot opportunities that you would have otherwise missed.

It does not mean that excellent academics make you less educated. It only means that excellent academics & education are not interrelated directly or inversely. We had great academicians who were also excellent human beings. Dr. Rejendra Prasad, Dr. Radhakrishanan, Dr. Zakir Hussain, and Dr. Kalam. Remember our word action directly impacts the destiny of the future generations. Our actions should help to mould the youth to become future leaders and fulfill Dr. Kalam’s dream to lead India to lead the world by 2020.

Best wishes,

Shyam,

What Only the CEO Can Do

April 30, 2009

The CEO wears many hats: communicator, coach, problem solver. While others in your organization can also fill those roles, there’s one critical job only a CEO can do: link the outside world (society, economy, technology, customers) with the inside world (your organization).

Here is an interesting article by by A.G. Lafley CEO Proctor & Gamble
Please also view the video

Shyam

I became Procter & Gamble’s CEO in June 2000, in the midst of a crisis. On March 7 of that year the company had announced that it would not meet its projected third-quarter earnings, and the stock price plummeted from $86 to $60 in one day, leading the Dow Jones Industrial Average to a 374-point decline.
The price dropped another 11% during the week my appointment was announced. A number of factors had contributed to the mess we were in, chief among them an overly ambitious organizational transformation in which we tried to change too much too fast and which distracted us from running the everyday business with excellence. But our biggest problem in the summer of 2000 was not the loss of $85 billion in market capitalization. It was a crisis of confidence. Many of P&G’s leaders had retreated to their bunkers. Business units were blaming headquarters for poor results, and headquarters was blaming the units. Investors and financial analysts were surprised and angry. Employees were calling for heads to roll. Retirees, whose profit-sharing nest eggs had been cut in half, were even angrier.
The news media chronicled the drama with headlines ranging from “P&G Investor Confidence Shot” to “Trouble in Brand City: We love their products. But in a tech-crazed market, we hate their stocks.” The most painful one was in a major industry publication: “Does P&G Still Matter?”
At 6:00 PM on my first day as CEO, I stood in a TV studio, a deer in the headlights, being grilled about what had gone wrong and how we were going to fix it. Everyone was looking to me for answers, but the truth was that I did not yet know what it would take to get P&G back on track. Welcome to the job of CEO—a job I’d never done before.
The Work of the CEO
In October 2004 I looked back on that first day and the even more difficult weeks that followed as I sat with Peter Drucker and several other CEOs and management scholars who had come together to ask, “What is the work of the CEO?” (Most of the quotations in this article come from Drucker’s notes for the remarks he made on that occasion.)
It seemed an odd question, because enormous attention has been paid to CEOs, who are alternately revered as corporate saviors and reviled as corporate scoundrels. Yet the question remained: Do we really understand the role and the unique work of the chief executive? Drucker believed the answer was no. He argued that people wrongly view CEOs as coaches and utility infielders who jump in to solve problems as needed, and that CEOs indeed have work that is their own. On his death, in November 2005, Drucker left behind an outline of his emerging thoughts on the role. (The Wall Street Journal had published a portion of it as “The American CEO” in January 2005.) In 2004 Drucker said, “The CEO is the link between the Inside that is ‘the organization,’ and the Outside of society, economy, technology, markets, and customers. Inside there are only costs. Results are only on the outside.”
My experience validates Drucker’s observations, and my actions since those early days and weeks have been consistent with them. I’ve gone back to his unfinished draft time and again, reflecting on his central question: What is the unique work of CEOs—work that only they can do and that they must do? Over time I’ve come to see the power in Drucker’s words about linking the outside to the inside. The CEO alone experiences the meaningful outside at an enterprise level and is responsible for understanding it, interpreting it, advocating for it, and presenting it so that the company can respond in a way that enables sustainable sales, profit, and total shareholder return (TSR) growth.
It’s a job that only CEOs can do because everybody else in the organization is focused much more narrowly and, for the most part, in one direction: Salespeople are externally focused; just about everyone else is inwardly focused. Integrating the outside and the inside is hard; it’s far easier to pick one. The CEO can see opportunities that others don’t see and, as the one person whose boss isn’t another company employee, make the judgments and the tough calls others are unable to make. The CEO is the only one held accountable for the performance and results of the company—according not just to its own goals but also to the measures and standards of diverse and often competing external stakeholders.

The CEO wears many hats: communicator, coach, problem solver. While others in your organization can also fill those roles, there’s one critical job only a CEO can do: link the outside world (society, economy, technology, customers) with the inside world (your organization).
To link outside to inside, says Procter & Gamble CEO Lafley, chief executives must focus on these four tasks:
• Define the meaningful outside: Determine which external constituency matters most. Not surprisingly, at P&G, the consumer is king.
• Decide what business you’re in: For example, what are your core businesses, and which of them will you grow? In 2000, P&G decided to target low-income consumers and developing markets.
• Balance present and future: Ensure that stakeholders’ near-term interests don’t overshadow your company’s long-term future. To fund long-term bets such as compact detergent packaging, P&G lowered its short-term revenue goals.
• Shape values and standards: For instance, P&G defined trust as consumers’ trust in its brands.
The Idea in Practice
A closer look at the four tasks enabling CEOs to link outside to inside:
Define the Meaningful Outside
Your company has many stakeholders, each with important demands. Once you’ve defined your most important external constituency, ensure that everyone acts on that understanding.
Example: P&G is obsessive about understanding its customers. Almost every trip Lafley takes includes in-home or in-store consumer visits. Offices and innovation centers have consumers inside working with P&G employees, who also spend days living with lower-income consumers and working in neighborhood stores. These activities keep P&G’s two external moments of truth—consumers’ choosing a P&G product and then using the product—top of mind for employees.
Decide What Business You’re In
Analyze the attractiveness of the businesses you’re already in, your company’s position in existing industries relative to competitors’, and industries’ strategic fit with your core competencies.
Example: P&G decided to grow from its core businesses—laundry, diapers, feminine care, and hair care—where it was already a global sales and market-share leader. Though mature, these businesses had significant opportunities for growth, evidenced by demographic trends. For instance, people are living longer and experimenting with beauty and personal-care products at earlier ages. So P&G invested more in these businesses as well as in low-income consumers and developing markets, which show the most population and income growth.
Balance Present and Future
Balance short-term investments with investments in resources needed for your company’s longer-term future.
Example: P&G allocates human resources with an eye toward the skills and experiences leaders will need to run businesses that don’t yet exist. Lafley personally grooms people for the future. He knows the top 500 people in the company and involves himself in career planning for the 150 potential presidents or function heads. He reviews their assignment plans, assesses their strengths and weaknesses, and puts them in front of the board at company events.
Shape Values and Standards
Define your company’s values (its identity) and standards (expectations) in ways that encourage the right behaviors.
Example: Over time, P&G’s company values became interpreted in a way that implicitly placed employees’ needs ahead of consumers’. For example, its value of trust had come to mean employees could count on lifetime employment at P&G. Lafley encouraged the company to embrace outwardly focused interpretations of its values. Trust now means consumers’ trust in P&G brands and investors’ trust in P&G as a long-term investment.

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Small & Silent is also work . Charity doesn’t beg for recognition, But at least once in a while, shouldn’t they be mentioned at least ?????.

April 13, 2009

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love” —Martin Luther King,

There are hundreds and thousands of silent workers the unsung heroes with limited or no resources working under great adversity with just grit determination & self less zeal as their tools. They are all around us, but, we fail to notice. Unfortunately we tend to look for brand equity to serve or associate with a development project.

I am happy to enumerate at least two examples of individuals or group of individuals working tirelessly to bring about transformation in the living standards of the populace& sacrificed their lives to save precious lives. Names of the individuals and groups have been deliberately blanked out so that the focus remains on the work and impact.

Live bombs do not deter this man from his commitment to save innocent lives.

Panna Lal ,who saved hundreds by defusing bombs ,dies unheard, unsung
Braver than film heroes, in real life
There were no official words of condolence nor were any wreaths laid as the body of “Chacha Bomb Squad” was consigned to the flames.(cremated)

The exploits of unsung hero , Panna Lal , or “Chacha Bomb Squad” as he was popularly known among his former colleagues in the Punjab police, will not find mention either in history books or in the numerous books written on terrorism in Punjab. However, those who worked with Chacha still carry vivid memories of this lean man bending over a live bomb and studying for some time before snapping at the circuit of the device in order to defuse it.

When bomb explosions by terrorists were a common occurrence in this Punjab state in India, the one member bomb squad of Chacha helped save hundreds of lives by defusing the devices. Panna Lal must have defused at least a dozen bombs hidden by terrorists in the busy lanes and by-lanes, in vehicles and in trains. But he received no laurels for these acts except for the occasional letter of appreciation.

The services of Chacha, Who had retired as a subhedar from the army, were sought by the Punjab police in the late 1980s as the department was hampered by the lack of a bomb disposal expert here .He rejoined the police in 1989 as a special police officer (SPO) and left the organization three years, let down by the attitude of his superiors who were always on the looked for an opportunity to berate him.

At the height of terrorism when unidentified objects were detected, the wireless sets would frequently blare “Chacha Bomb Squad come here quickly”. Shopkeepers of the busy area in a Punjab town in India cannot forget that fateful day in 1991, when disposing a bomb in pouring rain,he himself sustained injuries which led to his arm being partially disabled .
Due to his army background, Chacha could handle complex bomb circuits as he proved in 1992 when he defused a bomb planted in a compartment of the Frontier Mail minutes before it was to explode.

But recognition eluded him .For all his acts of courage, Chacha’s name was never considered for any bravery award and neither was he compensated for his medical bills.

Senior police officers often took the credit for any bomb that Chacha defused .On the plea of certain well-meaning local citizens however, Chacha’s name was forwarded to the state home department for the shaurya chakra but his file continues to gather dust in the department.

Note .
Chacha – means uncle (father’s brother elders are fondly addressed like that)
Shaurya Chakra It is a gallantry award instituted by the government of India

How Grit determination & perseverance pays for james, and his community

James ( name changed) is a 47-year-old Bolivian with a wife and eight children. He is a skilled, gifted leader and tenacious about seeking solutions – solutions not only for himself and his community of Jatun Pampa, but for his children as well.
Problem

He knew something had to change. Once, the rain and sun provided good growth of crops and residents maintained their families on crop income. But lately, they were besieged with drought, and then flooding. They had little rain, new growth dried up, there was ice in the summer, and strong winds blew where trees once stood. It was the result of natural disasters, the need for firewood and climate change.
Making the Connection
Residents agreed it was a problem, but felt alone or resigned to their struggle. So James travelled to Wayrapata, Bolivia, where an International organisation was working with another group. James was persistent in requesting a facilitator come to his community and soon after, he was in Jatun Pampa.
“Trees neutralize the strong winds,” James explained to Marc, the facilitator. “They hold the ground from erosion. We call the trees the lungs of the earth because they restore and replenish it. And when the ground is not eroded, we can also plant gardens.”
Through the process of authentic participation, a community group was organized of 16 families. Which acquired small trees from a Bolivian forestry organization. But the trees were delivered to the valley and had to be transported by donkeys because the mountain road was not maintained. It was difficult work, and after planting the tiny saplings, many were eaten by animals.
So the community group petitioned the government for a better road and, once built, 9000 pine trees were delivered to the top of the mountain and 18 acres of the Jatun Pampa village were reforested with new trees.
Families then sought seeds for vegetables and apple trees for their gardens.
Now, after only a year, the trees have stopped erosion down the mountain, helping even the vegetable gardens to succeed. There is a surplus beyond feeding families, and vegetables are sold in nearby communities.
The greatest growth
But the greatest outcome of planting the trees has been on the children.
“I planted a pine tree with my children,” one mother says. “And I believe they will continue planting trees when they are older.”
“My children take the initiative to care for our trees. They are the first ones motivated to give new ideas, too,” another says.
“When I was a child, we didn’t have gardens and I didn’t know how to plant,” a proud mother says, “But my son Rodrigo is eating fresh vegetables and already knows how to plant. It is a good thing.”
And James, who helped to initiate the transformation in his village? He just smiles and watches his own children watering the trees.
Conclusion
This recession, has however brought a welcome change in the mindset of the people, It seems to have nudged the pendulum a bit in the other direction. Incredible acts of generosity are occurring — often between complete strangers. Helpful communities and support initiatives have sprung up on social networks with people freely offering time, advice and encouragement to get others through difficult periods or job searches. Individuals are engaging in volunteer work.
I realize that the giver also derives benefits — both karmic and tangible. I do my share of charity, but that has to remain anonymous for the present. I hope this article will motivate people to do their bit, within their resources to impact a few lives.

Best Wishes,
Shyamsunder Panchavati

Building Self Esteem from a state of despondency & frustration, And how it adds to your performance

March 27, 2009

“Without Healthy Self-Esteem, You Could Have ‘Everything’ But Your Life Could Still Be A Wreck”.
And in so many ways, a poor self image can literally prevent you from achieving and even setting goals that could make your life an accomplishment-filled wondrous adventure.
Your self-esteem is an ever flowing reflection of what you think about yourself on the inside and what you do on the outside.
Ideally, a healthy self-image should begin development when we’re children. But few of us get this critical training from anyone skilled at teaching it. So almost everyone you’ll ever meet has tremendous deficiencies when it comes to how they see themselves… and their actions reflect it.
Action orientation – Action is necessary for high self-esteem to take hold and blossom. If you don’t do anything, you can not feel very good about yourself. Agreed
You know you are still good at certain tasks. Yes as good as you were, when employed.Much better than those employed. Your temporary unemployment is for reasons not connected to your attributes or lack of it. Think about your positive contribution and the turnaround it brought in the organizations. Read, re-read, the testimonials and the appreciation letters, draw, re-draw your past career graph, reflect on your professional and monetary growth.
You will come to believe in your ability to be a catalyst for positive change. You will see the action habit as critical and will focus on always being aware of your state of action/inaction.
What are the indicators of elevated Self Esteem???
You will have an all conquering attitude .Just like a battering ram that eventually destroys a gate that blocks the way, these new beliefs will hammer away at your old, established ones. And just like that battering ram that, with persistence, will knock the gate down, & will help to replace your weak thoughts and beliefs with new affirming, powerful ones
Optimism – You’ll live as if each day is a gift, your mind will open to benefits of achievement, you will believe that things will work out.
Accomplishment orientation –Remember, You are a conscientious, hard worker, that you do your share, and take care to do things right, that you seek out and take advantage of available opportunities. The more things that you are good at and the more challenging goals you reach, the more opportunities you have to feel good about yourself.
Joy – You’ll repetitiously hear that you take extreme pleasure in your accomplishments, that you feel a deep sense of peace in doing your best in all situations that your successes motivate you to keep going that you are comfortable with being recognized for what you achieve in life..
Then what happens
Discipline – Your mind will be drenched with thoughts that you are determined to reach your strongest desires, patient when you need to be, self-motivated and strong-willed.
Leadership – You have leadership qualities and skills, you exercise whatever authority you have effectively, fairly and with respect for others and you are organized and worthy of being followed.
Hey, if you have authority/control over anyone else, it’s critical that you see yourself as a good and effective leader… because if you don’t, no one else will either.
Learning – Life doesn’t stand still. So you’ll be liberally peppered with thoughts that you love to learn… constantly. You are always trying to figure things out, testing your memory, developing your mind and skills so that you will always be highly valued no matter what stage of your life you are in.
Your moment by moment internal discussions with yourself to be what they have to be for you to start getting what you want, And when the right attitudes come instantaneously, automatically without even having to think about them, then you’ve succeeded.
Giving of self and of resources – Another great way to build self-esteem. So you’ll be flooded with thoughts that you are a person who gives of yourself in all situations, who shares your knowledge with people who want to know, who doesn’t have a selfish bone in your body, who knows that you get more by sharing the goodness in your heart than you ever would by hoarding your resources and being greedy.
Humor – What good is any kind of success in life if you can’t completely enjoy it. Laughter is a powerful tonic that has proven in labs to create positive chemicals into your system that have the power to heal. You’ll hear over and over that you are someone who enjoys life, who has the ability to bring joy and laughter to others, that you laugh easily and see the light side of even tense situations.
Demeanor – Your mind will adopt and embrace the image of a person who is peaceful, calm collected, confident and in control. You’ll be led to be at peace with your role in the world, to be accepting of the things you can’t change. And in embracing these habitual emotions, the stress and craziness that may swirl around you every day simply won’t affect you like it currently does.

Won’t that be nice?

Best wishes,
Shyam

Adversity An Excellent Opportunityto Deliver

March 24, 2009

Adversity brings the best in human beings. We have seen that happening at many organizations. With less manpower, and reduced financial inputs, leaders are delivering, and accomplishing the set goals.
It is quite clear that adversity has converted itself into an opportunity for excellence.
Not knowing what we do not know has often been the bane of many a leader. and has resulted in precious man hours being wasted in the pursuits with no logical conclusions, depriving the knowledge area of the precious time for task accomplishment.
Concentrating on the knowledge area helps us to set an example for our team members, and motivate them for higher achievements. Since this is the time when organizations are expecting more output with reduced man power. It is imperative that managers bring about small changes in their attitudes and work pattern.
The important things to know are
1. Know that you must execute
2. Know what you cannot do
3. Know what you can do

Shyamsunder Panchavati

When clichés rhetoric’s fail, It is human values that win you hearts and bring Transformations.

March 23, 2009

Qualities that make a good leader

It is important to take a personal and active look when setting the goals. Get into the shoes of the team members. Think analyze & understand the likely thought process of the team members the moods the attitudes, the fears, the resentments. Allow them to express & justify. Understand and agree with their justification. Bring them into totally non combative mood. Appeal to their human side.

One thing every one appreciates in a leader is honesty. One thing everyone hates in a leader is duplicity. If duplicity is a part of professional leadership, then it is better to be a personal leader than a professional one.

Explain to them how each member can help save a few jobs, or create a few jobs at the junior most level by reaching the goals. How many more can he help create by exceeding it?
Arouse the philanthropist in him and see how he suddenly becomes pro-active in goal setting process. The leader has to relate to the team directly intuitively & emphatically .the focus should clearly be on the substance of the decision including the repercussions.
Implementation & Work.
It is important to understand that every member has his own approach to goal attainment listening to them in fact increases the options for the leader. So long as they go with the organizational policy, ideas should be encouraged. The best way of making most of the opportunity is accommodating the members thinking, even if it involves a little risk. This will ensure an involvement of heart soul & body into the task.
Human values require the leader to have a sense of self, an ability to profoundly alter the human, emotional, and economic relationship, the ability to feel separate from the organization. Here the order of preference is the team member, team, and organization.
I know the management purists may not agree with me. But as I said, when nothing works, It is the human values that get you through.
Best wishes,
Shyam

Development Dynamics, Embrace the culture to Embrace the Cause

March 23, 2009

Many development agencies from America & Europe are doing extraordinary work in many strife torn countries of Africa and Asia. There well intentioned efforts are often met with resistance from the populace, prisoners of in age old culture and customs. They consider any community development activity to be an encroachment into their well protected domain.
Any community development or capacity building activity has to be conceived staying within and respecting the cultural parameters. Cause can never be divorced from the culture. Africa & Asia are comprised of many religious and non-religious groups. The major religious cultures are Muslim, Christians (Roman Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, Anglican and others), ethnic religionist, non-Christian, Hindu and Baha’i.
If you are working on Gender Based Violence eradication program, or HIV awareness program, you need to be very careful. Each religion, each ethnic group needs a different approach to tackle the same problem. Some groups may not be open to outsiders redressing their problems. They have their own inbuilt system of redressing grievance. Some other groups may not like awareness programs being conducted for their girls, & women. Some Muslim groups strictly implement Shariat rules which place restrictions on the movements & dress code for women.
It is always better to meet and take into confidence the tribe or village head and involve him in the activities, and follow his advice. Many organizations which haven’t followed this have faced revolt from the communities and consequently failed in their programs.
I feel that before embarking on a program of rehabilitation. It is always necessary to make a detailed study about the region the culture the people. The geographic and demographic intelligence play an important role in the success of any capacity building and development program.

Shyam

Barack Obama has replaced Jesus Christ atop a list of America’s heroes.

March 14, 2009

The Hero Index

Barack Obama has replaced Jesus Christ atop a list of America’s heroes. The poll, conducted in January by Harris Interactive, asked a cross-section of American adults whom they admired enough to consider heroes. Barack Obama, John McCain, Chesley Sullenberger, God, Billy Graham, Mahatma Gandhi, Condoleeza Rice, Sarah Palin, General George S. Patton, and Bill Gates all made the list for the first time in 2009.

Obama more popular than Jesus

Obama more popular than Jesus

Despite High Positions & Perks , Executives feel professionally dissatisfied & unfulfilled. Why???

March 13, 2009

Despite their lofty job titles and impressive pay, many high-achieving executives feel professionally dissatisfied and unfulfilled, and it is not surprising. Looking back, they wish they’d accomplished more or even chosen a different career altogether. Often they feel trapped in their jobs (most of them do).

Let us examine why people arrive at this impasse, & offer them guidance on how to break through it and reach their full potential.

Many people feel like victims when, in fact, most career wounds are self-inflicted. Taking control begins with understanding yourself: seeking frank feedback about your strengths and weaknesses from colleagues above and below you, and figuring out what you truly enjoy doing.

That goal isn’t about getting to the top. Rather, it’s about taking a very personal look at how you define success in your heart of hearts, and then finding your own path there. To discover your way, you need to step back and reassess your career, recognizing that managing it is your responsibility.

Every individual has his understanding and definition of success. It is not very surprising to find that different coaches or mentors have different perspectives and road maps for success. So other people’s understanding of success should not be a guide for you in selecting career choices and goals

Next, it’s critical to identify the three or four tasks central to your business and make sure you excel at them. It keeps you focused, it is easy to concentrate, monitor, evaluate, and affect periodic path correction as per need. Otherwise, success is likely to elude you or may not be to the extent you expect.

Once you’ve chosen the right enterprise, you must show character and leadership. Great executives put the interests of their company and colleagues ahead of their own. They’re willing to speak up, even to voice unpopular views. Many managers hit a plateau because they play it too safe. It should be a correct mixture of discretion and valor. And this mixture differs from case to case, opportunity to opportunity & situation to situation. But those willing to take calculated risks, identify their dreams, develop the skills to realize them, and demonstrate courage will find fulfillment. They may hit bumps along the way, but the resolve & application will guide them through success.

Best Wishes,

Shyam